This info last updated November 18th 2019.
SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop every Sunday. We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.
Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive. Acoustic songs also welcome.
Poetry video clips on our instagram at spokenword_paris
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.
Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up at 8pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. More info here. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.
Check next week’s theme here. Themes are a suggestion to inspire you but you don’t have to follow them. Indeed, many people don’t.
AWOL writers’ workshop
AWOL takes place every Sunday evening, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the Chat Noir. 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Time sometimes varies so check AWOL’s facebook page. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen and join in the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield, Simon Millward, Thibaut Narme and Camille Adnot. Friendly and insightful and afterwards you’re welcome to come for a drink. In a previous incarnation this ran for 10 years as The Other Writers Group and AWOL continues that group’s ethos of giving invaluable insightful feedback and providing a supportive space to hone your writing craft. Plus community among writers. Click here for a more detailed description.
Addison Bale is an artist from New York. His chapbook, SNAKESKINS, was published by Irrelevant Press in 2017. He has also published poems with Indolent Books Press, Wedgie Magazine in Paris, and the Pomeroy Poets Anthology. Most recently he completed a residency in poetry and art education in Bolivia and will be pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing in 2020. Outside of poetry, Addison works as a painter in Brooklyn.
Bill Moran is a performance poet and former medic from Houston, TX. He is a two-time Austin Poetry Slam Champion, and has an MFA Poetry degree from Louisiana State University. He has toured regularly since 2011, performing and teaching throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and the US. His work has been featured on Button Poetry (video), University of Hell Press, Alien Mouth, Pressure Gauge Press, and Phoebe. He currently lives and works in Houston as a teaching artist for Writers in the Schools, and his solo debut book ‘Oh God Get Out Get Out is now available through Write Bloody Publishing.
Fork Burke Born in Detroit Called by New Orleans Developed in New York Landed in Switzerland and Live in Paris in Spirit … Moving with and past the disruption of the agreements (writing) into a kind of constant word-speak (poet) I simultaneously want something and feel at one with it Currently – Cut-ups – Checklist 33 – In Constant Collaboration. Vision is vital – It is this that drives me as a Poet – I wanna know if the work belongs to this making- I wanna know if it is a weapon forming connections – A poet is plural.
is an archivist, teacher, and a slasher (editor/project manager/webmaster) for the small press Black Square Editions (www.blacksquareeditions.org
). She has a Master in Fine Arts from Columbia University and has read her poetry at venues in New Jersey, New York, Canada, England, Switzerland, Italy, France, and elsewhere. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. Her first collection of poetry Before During or After Rainstorms
was published in 2012. Current projects include a series of 125 poems based on the paintings and drawings of Paul Klee in the collection of the Rosengart Museum Luzern and the publication of 33 Checklist: Two
forthcoming in December by Edition Haus am Gern in Biel, Switzerland.
Daniel Wilner is a degenerate and a gentleman. Known as Uncle Lush he comprises one half of the Brooklyn based rap group Brotherz Grimm and has performed at NYC open mikes like the Nuyorican, Art of Lyrics, and End of the Weak, as well as Paris Lit Up. He is a slang aficionado, ill drunken master of freestyling, and overall pretty nice guy. His new solo project Lush Life will be released in 2020.
is an author and poet who has lived the last 20 years in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her blog Blackgirl on Mars was one of the first to write about Blackness, womanhood and expat living in Europe. Her recently published book “Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son” is a memoir in letters about the continued impact of European colonialism through the lens of Black motherhood in Europe and touches much on her Caribbean background and childhood in Brooklyn. She was a TEDX speaker last December.
Photo credit: Margarita Corporan
Ed Bell isn’t looking for paradise, despite the thorny road that has led him to the here and now. As host of a Paris-based literary association for the last three years, he has encountered hundreds of short, yet lived, experiences. A notable theme throughout has been that of separation, uprooting, expulsion: Odysseus tossed by a hundred Seas, and Penelope besieged by a hundred Suitors. This performance will use the media of elegiac poetry, blues piano, Norwegian dance and plaintive voice to sing The Lamentable Tragedy of the Happy Exile.
Jeffrey Greene has published five collections of poetry. He is the author of the memoir French Spirits and three personalized nature books. A fourth nature book, Seven Music Forests, is in production. He is also the author of Shades of the Other Shore, a book of mixed genre writing: sketches, prose pieces, and poetry written in collaboration with painter Ralph Petty. His writing has been supported by the NEA, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Rinehart Fund, and he was a winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize, the Randall Jarrell Award, and the “Discovery”/ The Nation Award. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Ploughshares, Agni, Southwest Review and the anthologies Strangers in Paris, Intimacy, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to Flash Sequence. He is professor emeritus at the American University of Paris and mentors for the Pan-European MFA Program, with its residency in Barcelona this year.
Rethabile Masilo is a Mosotho poet who has lived in France for more than 30 years. He left his country,
Lesotho, as a refugee in 1981, eventually ending up in the USA where he continued his biology studies. He moved to France in 1987. Rethabile has published four books of poetry and two poetry anthologies. In 2014 his poem ‘Swimming’ from the book Waslap won the Dalro First Prize in poetry, as well as the Thomas Pringle Award for Poetry in Periodicals a year later. The poem had first appeared in the magazine New Coin, Vol. 49, Number 1, in June 2013. In 2016 his second volume Waslap, published by The Onslaught Press, was awarded the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. That same year in October he was invited to participate in the 20th Poetry Africa Festival in Darban, and in June 2019 in the International Poetry Festival of Medellin. Masilo’s books are Things that are silent (Pindrop Press, 2012), Waslap (The Onslaught Press, 2015), Letter to country (Canopic Publishing, 2016), and Ooaling (The Onslaught Press, 2018). He blogs at Poéfrika (http://poefrika.blogspot.com) and co-edits Canopic Jar
(https://www.canopicpublishing.com/blog) with the writer Phil Rice. He is currently writing poems toward a fifth volume.
JENNIFER BLOWDRYER got her dumb name from her SF punk band, the Blowdryers, in 1977. She’s written columns for Maximin rock’n’roll, New York press, and downtown, and her books include: white trash debutante, modern English : a slang dictionary, and Good Advice for young trendy people of all ages. She remains a band singer/writer, recent releases include Blowdryer Punk Soul: Pinot Grigio and 4 Essays – the most harmless person you are ever going to meet in your life, Bent Boy Press, SF, 2018. She lives in NYCs East Village.
SpokenWord theme (should you want to follow it): Forests